#ClassicsaDay #BlackHistoryMonth 2022 Week 2

February is Black History Month, and a great opportunity to explore the music of black composers. That’s what the Classics a Day team felt, anyway.
 
As always, I tried to find works and composers that I hadn’t shared before during #BlackHistoryMonth. Here are my posts for the second week.

02//7/22 Margaret Bonds – Troubled Water

This is one of Bond’s most-performed works. She wrote the arrangement of this spiritual in 1967.

 

02/8/22 Julius Eastman – Stay On It

Eastman wrote in a style he called organic music. “Stay On It” (1973) is credited with being one of the first compositions to integrate pop tonalities and improvisation.

 

2/9/22 Julia Perry – Stabat Mater as we grieve together

Perry wrote this work in 1951. It established her reputation as a classical composer.

 

2/10/22 Undine Smith Moore – Before I’d Be a Slave

Moore composed this work in 1952 for the Virginia State College Modern Dance Group. She wrote, “It follows a program which I hope is evident in the music without verbal explanation.”

 

Regina Harris Baiocchi – Miles per Hour (for solo trumpet)

The composer wrote that MPH has a message: “Listen, I have something to say about the lineage of trumpet players and their impact on literature.”

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